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Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
April, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 04
How Do You Respond to Those "Game Changer" Moments?
By Angie Patrick
If you were around when JFK was shot, no doubt you can share exactly where you were at that moment in time. In the sudden loss of a bright leader, poised to change the face of a nation, you felt the loss when he was taken from us too soon.Perhaps you were of the Elvis era, the same holds true; a powerful and influential person was lost and you felt emotion for someone you did not personally know. Consider the Twin Towers, and how it will forever be etched in the minds of every living soul within earshot of a television or radio. The symbol for U.S. trade and American freedom, these images will remain emblazoned in our memories as being pivotal times that changed who we were, who we thought we were, and helped shaped who we were to become.
I call these moments "Game Changers." And while the examples above are truly bigger than life, and experiences shared my millions, "Game Changers" happen every day on a far smaller scale. An event may be singular, impacting and influencing only you, or it may happen to an affiliated group of people sharing a commonality, be it religious, philosophical, personal or professional. And when these game changers occur, you will never forget where you were and how you felt when they happened.
I recently decided to posit a question on Facebook, and asked my friends to share with me their "Game Changer" moment. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I can tell you it was certainly not what I received. In the responses, the emotions ran the gamut from elation and adoration to apathy and abhorrence. The bare honesty behind the words was what struck me most. People unabashedly shared some of their most private and life altering moments in a somewhat public forum without hesitation. Moments that changed their definitions of themselves and the world they live in forever and in an instant moved them to be different. The stories were remarkable, and I invite you to my page to share in them.
As a community, what will our "Game Changer" be? What will it take to mobilize us, the integrative health care providers who have been sidelined by society and the medical profession? In a world where a cessation of a symptom as a direct result of medication equates to cure, despite the many unsavory side effects the medication has in its carry-on luggage, I really do not mind being considered the alternative to this. However, I must say, I much prefer to be considered a naturalized health care provider. To me, this moniker speaks to the body's natural affinity and ability to help cure itself when provided the proper nutrition, activity, rest and care.
It is no secret health care costs are on the rise. Ideas about health care reforms sit to the left and to the right of the aisle. Even if you are fortunate enough to have coverage and are insured, your out of pocket annually can exceed tens of thousands of dollars for a family of four, and the average cost for a doctor's visit exceeds $150.00. This expense and time-suck sitting in a waiting room for hours to be given approximately three to four actual minutes of conversation discussing your symptoms and how they can be relieved, and then feeling a false sense of wellness as you are receiving your prescription for a drug to help stop that nagging sensation of your body trying to tell you of a larger issue is at a cost we do not even fully realize as yet.
What has to happen before society experiences the game changer and awakens to the notion that drugs to mask an issue and the litany of even more potentially dangerous side effects are not always the answer. I heard someone recently refer to mainstream medicine as "sick care" and what the alternative health care providers do is provide "well care." For me, this was a game changer call, because it rang true with me. And I made changes then and there to create my own path to "well care."
I know my family needs health insurance. Many of you know my circumstance and understand why it is crucial to my family. Medicine does have its miraculous outcomes and my family is the beneficiary of some of these breakthroughs. However, as thankful as I am for these, I can also see where in my own personal health care, medicating the symptom rather than treating the disease has cost me precious time, health and peace of mind. I think this message is one many families across the U.S. can identify with and internalize as speaking to their circumstance as well.
As with everything, there must be balance. There must be integration of health care to not only preserve, but create health. There needs to be a broader understanding that a pill does not cure everything and occasionally, the cost for masking a symptom costs far more than you can imagine. We have to do our part to maintain this miraculous machine we are given to drive and its upkeep is our responsibility. I have been guilty of failing mine, and I have made myself and my family a pledge to better preserve my health by listening to the symptoms and work to find the root cause; not pop a pill and go about my day thinking I am now well, albeit a bit less sharp than I was before.
This is my game changer moment as it pertains to my personal physical being, as well as my career within the health and wellness field. I do not advocate the immediate cessation of all drugs and medicine as we know it. That is not only ludicrous, it is ill advised. What I am advocating is a balance and a broader introduction in mainstream society to the benefits of well care in the forms of massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, exercise, diet, movement and adequate rest. If we can find the balance, the place where taking the time and making the investment to preserve your health rather than wait until it leaves you to take action, we can begin to take back control of our lives, our health care costs, our longevity and our vitality.
I am not proposing any political bandwagon, nor am I advocating any public demonstrations. I don't want to Occupy Wall Street, or any other momentary flash in the pan action that had its fifteen minutes of fame. What I envision is greater than that. It is a change of public perspective, and a bit of a crusade. Sharing the benefits of what you do with every person you meet is a place to start. Study the research as it pertains to your work and educate your clients with the outcomes. Tell them why you are doing what you are doing and how it can facilitate positive change within their body. Give them reference points during your care that you can look back upon and see a clear path of improvement. Refer your clients to other facets of the well care gem and encourage them to try adjunct therapies that may enhance your own. Introduce them to the idea of well care, and suggest they share it with their friends. The end game is that of a healthier society, fewer pharma megaliths, a greater awareness and responsibility for our own bodies, and a balance and understanding between the needs for well care and sick care.
It is a swell of understanding that can be a game changer for many, one person at a time.
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